There are quite a few intranet systems that include native instant messenger solutions with integrated chat functions. At first glance, an all-in-one package like this might seem attractive. But looking a bit more closely, it might not be such a good idea.
The end-of-support dates for Atlassian’s IM and group chat products HipChat and Stride have been announced as well as a new strategic partnership with Slack, a previous competitor in the IM and group chat market.
In many companies today, teams are distributed widely. Nevertheless, communication is still essential to quickly deliver good project results. This is where enterprise chat tools come in, and Atlassian’s HipChat is one such tool.
We have collected 99 reasons, that speak for the implementation of HipChat in your team and in your organization – all very compact and nearly all within the length of a tweet of 140 characters.
When I spoke to Mike Cannon-Brooks, the co-founder of Atlassian, during AtlasCamp 2015 in Prague, I was a bit surprised that he wasn’t too afraid of classic B2C messengers as competitors for Atlassian HipChat. I am pretty convinced that Slack as HipChat’s main competitor right now is way overhyped. The solution may have grown faster than HipChat in the past. I still think that Atlassian is in it for the long haul and with their existing strong presence in the enterprise they are in a very good position to win the battle.
Group chat is a team focused application. We see our enterprise customers struggle and even be completely ignorant to its value and features. The common route for group chat to spread in an organization is still organically bottom up. That is often uncontrolled and chaotic.